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asking comedian stephen colbert to testify before congress in character as a conservative talk show host. why would colbert testify at a hearing about migrant workers? it comes back to a segment on his show when he went a day picking beans and packing corn. griff jenkins has the story about a wild day today on capitol hill. >> reporter: today stephen colbert appeared as an expert witness before a house judiciary committee to testify about his experience as a migrant work field. he appeared at the of democratic subcommittee chairwoman. the appearance drew mixed reaction here. even one committee member, democrat john conyers asked colbert to submit his testimony in writing and leave. while the nature of the hearing is a deadly serious one, mr. colbert's testimony was anything but. >> this is america. i don't want a tomato picked by a mexican. i want it picked by american. sliced by a guatemalan and served by a venezuelan in a spa where a chilian gives me a brazilian. >> i'm asking to you leave the committee room completely and submit your statement instead. >> i'm here at the invitation o
the charity work but they are not playing a role. here we have stephen colbert, popular and funny character, but speaking in character is highly unusual. i've never seen another human do that. >> although humans behind the scenes have been known to bring elmo and kermit the frog to life to speak to lawmakers. but he says inviting colbert to speak was a gamble. >> dangerous, so close to the election when people are angry at congress and some of them will see this as a publicity stunt g. but still, he says the presence today brought much more attention to the hearing than it might have gotten otherwise. will people remember long-term that he was drawing attention to the issue of immigrant farm workers? cousak says probably not. in washington, molly henneberg, fox news. >> bret: throughout the day, lawmakers continue to react to the colbert appearance. house speaker nancy pelosi said this afternoon, "of course i think it's appropriate. he's an american, right? he can bring attention to an important issue like immigration, i think it's great." on the other side, republican congressman steve kin
declared emergencies. comedian and satirist stephen colbert took his celebrity to a u.s. house hearing today to raise awareness about farm workers. colbert recently spent a day picking beans in a united farm workers program called "take our jobs." it aims to show that few americans will do such work, leaving low-paid illegal immigrants to do it. >> i think there are way too many undocumented mexican workers here in the united states doing jobs. and i think that we've ignored this issue for too long and it is time to roll up our sleeves and face this issue imagineo-- mano a whatever the spanish word for mano is. >> sreenivasan: colbert stayed in character as a mock news commentator for much of the hearing. in india, athletes from around the world began to arrive in new delhi for the troubled commonwealth games. the event has been plagued by negative publicity about unfinished venues and dirty accommodations for athletes. and the start of competition is just nine days away. some athletes have pulled out, but new zealand and australia confirmed today their athletes will attend. rescuers i
channel 2 morning news tuesday. i'm dave clark. >> i'm pam cook. stephen, what's the weather like today? >> reporter: it will be slightly warmer. fog will burn off sooner. 50s, 60s. a big fog bank continues to hang on by the coast. inland areas will bump up about five to seven degreeses. now sal has an update on your traffic. >> reporter: right now traffic is doing very well in most areas. if you're going to leave the house soon you should have a decent drive to work, but there are some road construction closures. northbound 101 closed for overnight work. it's going to be there until 6. it's 5:30. let's go back to dave and pam. >>> in san francisco today state regulators will take their first look at a controversial proposal from pg&e. this would require the customers to pay all of the costs of fires that exceeds the utility's insurance coverage. that would include last week's gas line explosion and fire in san bruno. it's still not clear if the plan the make customers pay would require a rate hike. the proposal still has to be approved by the state utility commission. >>> pge and e's n
, watch more of stephen colbert's testimony about the plight of farm workers. plus on "art beat," jeff talks to norwegian novelist per petterson about his book, "i curse the river of time". all that and more is on our web site, newshour.pbs.org. judy. >> woodruff: and that's the newshour for tonight. on monday, we'll talk to former clinton economic advisor laura tyson, who makes the case for extending bush-era tax cuts to the middle class, but not to the very wealthy. i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. "washington week" can be seen later this evening on most pbs stations. we'll see you online, and again here monday evening. have a nice weekend. thank you and good night. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org vo:geico, committ
with just a two-point lead. that's where we start with the panel tonight. bring in the panel. stephen hayes, senior writer for "weekly standard." henderson from the washington post. syndicated columnist, charles krauthammer. start with the governor's race in california. steve? >> i thought meg whitman answered the charges pretty decisively and offered to put it back, in fact i think the campaign put out the documents so they have the copy of the 1099. gloria allred didn't introduce much. she had promises and said she could produce evidence and never did it. nicky diaz, the poor woman in question who was here illegally left the press conference for a little while because she was uncomfortable and came back and broke down crying, but didn't seem like she was on the same pages gloria allred. we will find out in the coming days when we see the document or paperwork but it smells like a political stunt. >> it's hard to see how this shakes things up. close race, two point on dividing these folks. you look at the press conference and you wonder why the woman was crying. it looked theatrical and st
and two women no less while sharron angle was speaking in nevada, on the day that stephen colbert braves performance art and politics together so tightly that he almost pops immigration reform out of congress with the sheer pressure of his wit, on the day we actually get in the mail these steak mailer from the crazy carl for governor campaign in new york, the piece of direct mail scented with the smell of land fill, on the day when we most need a man of kent jones' talents to make sense of the world around us, kent is on vacation. that's the bad news. we need him. he's gone. the good news is that it turns up that kent does some freaky crazy weird stuff on vacation and pops into a studio to tell us about it. did you seriously do what i heard you did today? >> it depends on what you think it is i did today. i'm in san francisco and i think that i helped the people of san francisco advance music to the next level. >> okay. >> that's what i think i was doing today. my i present the festival of music for people and thingamajigs. ♪ >> this is a guitar, but not like one we know. tell me about
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